France "engaged in a war against Islamist ideology" says Gérald Darmanin

France’s interior minister warned on Friday of the likelihood of more militant attacks on its soil, and said the country was engaged in a war against Islamist ideology. His words follow two deadly knife attacks, which have seen two deadly attacks in French cities in two weeks, with four deaths, including a woman being beheaded inside a Christian place of worship.

21 year-old Brahim Aouissaoui, who killed three in Nice on Thursday, a Tunisian national, reportedly arrived in France as recently as September 20th, prompting speculation that he travelled to Europe with the intention of killing. He is, at the time of writing, in critical condition having been shot by police officers.

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"I want to express, first and foremost, the nation’s support for the Catholics of France and elsewhere. After 2016, with the killing of Father Hamel, it is the Catholics of our country attacked once more, and just before All Saints’ Day. We are at their side in order that religion can be freely exercised in our country. People can believe or not believe, all religions can be practised, but today the nation is beside our Catholic compatriots," said President Emmanuel Macron.

He announced that the French military was being mobilised to protect all places of worship, particularly Catholic churches, for the religious holiday of All Saints Day on Sunday. The number of soldiers on the streets is to be raised from 3,000 to 7,000 and troops will be deployed outside schools for the return to class on Monday.

Macron, who strongly condemned Aouissaoui's actions, has been the target of vilification across the Muslim world, with public burnings of his effigies.

Calls for a boycott on French goods have come from Palestine and Pakistan.

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